Overcast skies and the threat of rainy weather forced a last-minute change of plans for the Brookswood Secondary car show fundraiser on Sunday, May 29, requiring a move from the grassy sports field to the school parking lot to avoid potential damage to the turf.
“We had to make the call early in the morning,” organizer Scott Strudwick told the Langley Advance Times.
By the time the show got underway, conditions had cleared.
Strudwick estimated 150 car owners and thousands of visitors attended the first post-pandemic edition of the annual event.
“It was a huge success for our first time,” commented Strudwick.
His Strudwick Real Estate Team helped put together the Brookswood event – and created the brookswoodcarshow.ca website.
This year, the event added facepainting, a performance by the school band, and bouncy castles for kids in the school gymnasium.
Next year, “we’re going to hopefully be bigger and better,” Strudwick said.
Brookswood Secondary vice-principal Logan Kitteringham praised Strudwick and his team for making the car show a “family-friendly” experience.
“We wanted to figure out a way to reboot the car show for a post pandemic environment,” Kitteringham said.
Future car shows could add attractions like an alumni basketball event “to draw people back into the building for a trip down memory lane” Kitteringham predicted.
Willoughby resident Jim Fulton brought his 1952 half-ton International pickup with a back end that raises and lowers.
While many people assumed it was a modern-day, custom addition to the bright yellow half-ton, it actually was original equipment, added on by the farmer who first owned the truck, Fulton said.
“He used it for hay and grain,” Fulton explained.
A few vehicles over, Maple Ridge resident Ken Mason was showing off his high-performance Camaro, which came with a mascot – a plush toy kangaroo.
Named “Cameroo,” it was his version of the “garden gnomes” people take on trips, Mason explained.
More photos from the show can be viewed online at the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.
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